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Cannellini Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

This vegan cannellini bean salad recipe is very flavorful and perfect year round. It holds up well. It’s great for to pack for lunch, a road trip, as a side dish or a light dinner. It’s great with some toast. While flavor is always the most important thing to me, I cannot deny it.. this […]

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Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

This vegan sunflower pesto pasta salad recipe is quick and tasty. By the time the fusilli pasta is done boiling, the rest of the ingredients are ready to go. Not only that, sunflower basil pesto doesn’t need nutritional yeast. This nut free vegan pesto has enough flavor from the sunflower seeds and garlic to carry […]

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Vegan Paella with Artichokes and Green Olives

Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. Saffron, a spice derived from crocus flowers, is one of the main seasonings. In addition to making the rice yellow, it has a distinct flavor that’s a bit like honey. It’s very expensive, but it doesn’t take much of it to flavor a dish. And […]

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Entrees Gluten Free Lunch & Dinner

Za’atar Chickpea Pita

This is one simple vegan chickpea pita recipe. You’ll have to mix the ingredients for the za’atar chickpeas the night before, because they need time to marinate. Other than the marinating time, this recipe is quick and easy. No air fryer for the marinated chickpeas? No worries. Below are two alternatives that work great! ・Follow […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches with Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Avocado, Tomato & Arugula

This easy vegan grilled portobello mushroom sandwich recipe is incredibly simple and flavorful. If you love olives and mushrooms, it’s the vegan olive tapenade and mushroom sandwich you’ve been waiting for! It’s savory, salty, and perfect for summer grill season. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches. Choose portobello mushrooms that are large enough to be sandwich […]

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Appetizers & Snacks Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

This quick, easy vegan kalamata olive tapenade recipe is packed with serious flavor from sauteed garlic, oregano, parsley, olives, and capers. It tastes great spread on toasted bread, sliced baguette, pizza, sandwiches or really anything that goes on the grill. It also works well as an kalamata olive dip for fresh veggies or pita. Whether […]

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Sicilian Eggplant Crostini

Fancy appetizer, delicious snack, light lunch, hearty side. However you look at it, this vegan eggplant crostini recipe is where it’s at! Some crushed red pepper, green olives, eggplant and fresh tomato… it’s really something. A few bites, and it’s on to the next one. This vegan crostini tastes amazing straight out of the oven […]

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Salads Sides

Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad

This Greek-inspired vegan wheat berry salad recipe is chewy from the wheat berries, crunchy from the orange pepper and cucumber, salty from the kalamata olives and vegan feta, satisfying from the chickpeas and possesses a flavorful lemon herb dressing that keeps you coming back for more! And best of all, this Mediterranean wheat berry salad’s […]

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Herbed Millet with White Beans and Asparagus

When I was growing up, my mother was a big fan of millet. She made a lot of millet loaf, which I would always smother in BBQ sauce. Years later, I would see millet become more popular in the U.S. due to the rise of the gluten free movement. Today, millet may still seem like […]

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Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja

This recipe is inspired by the Cuban national dish, ropa vieja.  The English translation of ropa vieja is “old clothes”, because the shredded beef and vegetables look like rags.  This slow cooker vegan ropa vieja recipe uses thin sliced seitan, shredded jackfruit, dry white wine, peppers, red onion, crushed tomatoes, green olives, and savory herbs […]

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Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Tahini and Za’atar

In Portland, Oregon, there is no shortage of very, very good vegan food.  Wait five minutes and another restaurant, natural foods store or food truck opens to the public.  And one of my favorite things is tasting everything vegan! After a recent trip to Aviv, a plant based Israeli restaurant in town, I was really […]

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Entrees Lunch & Dinner

Vegan Greek Spinach Pie

Inspired by Greek spanakopita, this savory vegan spinach pie recipe uses silken tofu, quinoa, and a bit of vegan shredded cheese.  Kalamata olives and fresh herbs add complexity.  While you can use dried herbs for this recipe, the fresh marjoram and thyme are very nice.  Fresh marjoram is like a sweeter, woodsier oregano. The Greeks […]

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Salads Sides

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week. I almost always picked the same broccoli pasta salad with sliced black olives and Italian dressing. While I was putting together this vegan Italian pasta salad recipe, I couldn’t help but […]

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Cauliflower and Olive Salad

While I used Castelvetrano olives in this cauliflower and olive salad recipe, feel free to substitute other olives.  Castelvetrano olives are well-known for their mild flavor, so if you prefer a stronger olive presence, go with a bolder olive.  If you have trouble tracking down Castelvetrano olives, you may consider substituting Manzanilla green olives.  It […]

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Vegan Antipasto Salad

This Italian-inspired vegan antipasto salad recipe hardly qualifies as “ugly”.  It’s completely gorgeous, which is just so Italian. They have a way of making everything beautiful. And while it may not be a traditional antipasto (an appetizer that includes meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, artichokes, etc), it’s a delicious, fresh and herbaceous vegan Italian salad! […]